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RULE §1.124Oral Argument before the Commission

(a) Any party may request oral argument on a matter before the Commissioners by filing the request with the Docket Services Section as part of a party's exceptions, replies to exceptions, motion for rehearing, or reply to a motion for rehearing. A party may not orally request the opportunity to make oral argument at a Commission open meeting.

(b) Oral argument may be allowed at the discretion of the Commissioners. Failure of the Commissioners to grant a request for oral argument shall be deemed denial of the request.

(c) The Commissioners may request that parties to any proceeding present oral argument.

(d) If the Commissioners will hear oral argument, the Commissioners shall determine the date, time, and order of the oral argument. The Commissioners may:

  (1) request that parties focus their arguments on particular issues in the case;

  (2) determine the sequence in which parties will proceed, and which party, if any, may close;

  (3) impose time limits on all speakers;

  (4) limit or exclude unduly repetitious arguments and presentations;

  (5) require that one representative present the information and position of closely aligned persons or entities; and

  (6) set deadlines for filing additional information or written briefs in the case.

(e) Persons who need special equipment or assistance and who have a special request concerning the presentation of comments or oral argument should contact the secretary of the Commission at least 48 hours prior to the start of the open meeting to ensure that they are provided with the necessary special equipment or assistance. Failure to make such a request will not preclude a person from providing comment or oral argument. A special request includes:

  (1) presentation of video or audio recordings; and/or

  (2) use of audio or visual aids.

(f) The Commissioners will accept unsolicited comments from elected officials when they are acting in their official capacities.

Source Note: The provisions of this §1.124 adopted to be effective August 21, 2017, 42 TexReg 4131

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